For most of us the holiday season brings with it a myriad ofparties,
gift exchanges, andshopping sprees. To get ready for these events, we
have toshop, buy, bake, and travelwhich eventually results in our becoming
overwhelmed,exhausted, and frustrated. Andthen we wonder why we don't
have the "Christmas cheer" everyone expects at this time of
Is your life spinning out of control in a whirlwind ofactivity that
is leading you nowhere fast? Have you been "busy" this season
rather than"fruitful?" To determine this ask yourself the
following questions: What have I reaped from the hours I spent preparing
for presents, parties, and plays? Do people know more about Jesus because
of my efforts to serve the poor and needy? Did I share Christ with the
people I encountered? Do I know the Lord on a deeper level this year
than I did last year? Am I spending more time with the Lord now or less
time than I used to?
The enemy of your soul wants to short-circuit the blessings the Lord
has for you by cramming your schedule so full of activity that you won't
make time to spend with Jesus. Satan wants to distract you, and he is
always engaged in a plot to get you on a path that seems good but will
ultimately lead to your destruction.
The devil even uses our own feeble efforts to serve the Lord to get
us unfocused on the true calling on our lives. When Martha and Mary
invitedJesus over for dinner, Mary chose to sit at His feet and listen
to Him speak while Martha was busy cooking the supper and tending to
the details of serving her guest. Luke 10:40 says that "Martha
was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made."She
even became frustrated at Mary for her lack of assistance and said to
Jesus, "Don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work
by myself." Jesus' response to her was a gentle rebuke, "Martha,
...you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is
needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away
from her." Notice that Jesus did not say that Martha's actions
were wrong only that they were not the best response at that time to
Jesus' presence in her home. Martha had been preparing a meal when she
should have been preparing her heart.
We tend to place great priority on areas of our lives that get the most
scrutiny from the outside world--how we dress, what we drive, how popular
we are, how much money we make, and how successful we are. We want to
appear capable and admirable just like Martha did. Yet the true focus
of our lives should not be on outer sufficiency but on inner dependency.
Mary recognized that worshipping Jesus was more of a necessity at that
moment than serving Him was.
God is calling you today to sit at His feet, enter His rest, and allow
Him to remove your burdens. You don't have to take care of all the details
and solve all of your problems because Someone infinitely wiser and
more powerful already has. Let Him do what only He can do--enable you
to fulfill His purpose for you by drawing you into worship and sending
you out to witness.
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